Rhinoplasty in Cincinnati

Fed up with an unbalanced nose? Dr. Alexander S. Donath’s Rhinoplasty in Cincinnati, OH refines and reshapes your nose, creating a harmonious facial appearance and improving your self-assurance.

Rhinoplasty Benefits: Your Ideal Nose

Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, improves the size and shape of the nose, harmonizing it with your facial features. Here are more benefits:

What Can Rhinoplasty Achieve for You?

Individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of the nose may be good candidates for this procedure. Some people are looking to improve the nose they were born with, while others are dissatisfied with changes that have occurred through age, injury, or previous surgery.

As with all surgery, patients should also be in good health and be realistic in their expectations for the outcome. It’s generally advised that a rhinoplasty be postponed in younger patients until the nose has reached it

Candidates for Rhinoplasty

The ideal candidate for rhinoplasty is physically healthy, has realistic goals for improving nasal appearance, and understands the procedure’s limitations. Candidates need to have a clear understanding of what rhinoplasty can and cannot achieve. Those seeking correction for breathing issues or significant alteration in their nasal profile may find this procedure particularly beneficial.

Psychological readiness is also crucial. Candidates should undergo this procedure for themselves, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to fit an ideal image. A good candidate for treatment has thoroughly researched the procedure, understands the risks and benefits, and has a positive outlook toward the outcome. Consulting with an experienced surgeon can help determine if rhinoplasty is the right choice for an individual’s specific needs and goals.

What to Expect During YourRhinoplasty Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Donath will help you to decide if rhinoplasty is right for you. He will take certain factors into account, like your age, skin type, and ethnic background, and depending on your overall aesthetic goals, he may recommend additional surgery, such as chin augmentation, to help you achieve your desired look.

Rhinoplasty Procedure Summary

What is the pain level after surgery: Moderate
Anesthesia type (if applicable): Twilight (IV Sedation)
Duration of surgery: Approximately 3-5 hours
Where will scarring for this procedure be: Incisions are made inside the nostril. An incision may need to be made between the nostrils.
Timeframe to begin showing final results: Typically 2-4 weeks for initial results, then subtle changes for the first year.
When is the patient able to return to regular activities: 1 week for most activites
When is the patient able to resume exercise: 2 weeks

Surgery ProcessHow is Rhinoplasty Performed?

Local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia may be used for rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Donath will begin by making incisions, most of which are located on the inside of the nostrils. An additional small incision may be necessary on the skin between the nostrils.

Working through the incisions, the doctor will achieve the desired shape by removing, adding to, or rearranging certain amounts of bone and cartilage. Once the new shape is achieved, the incisions will be closed, and a splint will be applied to the nose.

Nasal packing, or a soft absorbent material, may also be applied to the inside of the nostrils. While surgical times will vary, rhinoplasty usually takes two to four hours to complete.

Nasal packing is rarely used in our practice, but if it is, it is typically removed the next day, while the splint is removed after about six to seven days. The face will likely feel puffy, and patients may experience some discomfort, which can be managed with prescription medication.

Swelling and bruising are common, with the majority of swelling fading within two weeks. Absorbable sutures are commonly used, and these do not need to be removed. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks after their procedure, though vigorous activities and sun exposure will be prohibited for several weeks.

After some time, you will have the desired results and will be able to go back to your regular activities. Follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions to avoid slowing down the healing process.

Rhinoplasty Before & Afters

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

Recovery After Rhinoplasty

The recovery phase is a crucial aspect of the rhinoplasty process. Post-surgery, patients are typically required to wear Nasal splints for a period to maintain the new shape of the nose. Swelling and bruising are common but gradually subside over the weeks following the surgery. Patients need to follow their surgeon’s instructions closely during this period to ensure optimal healing and results.

Pain and discomfort are manageable with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication. Patients should expect to take a week off from work or school to facilitate recovery. Strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks post-surgery. Adhering to these guidelines helps in a smoother recovery and achieving the desired outcome without complications.

Risks Associated with Rhinoplasty

Like all surgical procedures, rhinoplasty comes with its own set of risks and potential complications. Patients considering this cosmetic procedure should be aware of these risks to make an informed decision. Common risks include bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Additionally, there is always a possibility of dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome, necessitating further corrective surgery.

Specific to rhinoplasty, risks include difficulties in nasal breathing, asymmetry in the nasal profile, and the need for revision surgery. Patients must discuss these risks in detail with their surgeon and understand that while complications are rare, they are a part of the surgical journey. An experienced surgeon will take all necessary precautions to minimize these risks and ensure a safe and successful outcome.

Why choose Dr. Donath — Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

  • Internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon–has lectured around the world and is published in leading medical journals.
  • Patients travel from across the US and internationally for Dr. Donath’s expertise.
  • Graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
  • He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
  • Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
  • He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School.
  • He has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years — more than a decade.
  • Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma (Dysport®, Restylane®) and Allergan (Botox®, Juvederm®), and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.

How Much Does Rhinoplasty Cost?

Rhinoplasty, a highly individualized cosmetic procedure, involves various factors that contribute to the overall cost. The cost of rhinoplasty surgery is not a one-size-fits-all figure and varies significantly based on the complexity of the surgical procedures, the experience of the surgeon, and the specific needs of the patient. Prospective rhinoplasty patients need to consider these variables when budgeting for their nose surgery procedures. Additionally, it’s important to factor in ancillary costs such as anesthesia for nose surgery, facility fees, and post-operative care.

The expertise of the surgeon also plays a pivotal role in determining the cost. An experienced surgeon who specializes in nose surgery procedures may command a higher fee, reflecting their skill and the quality of the outcome. Patients should also be aware that while the cost of rhinoplasty surgery is an important consideration, the primary focus should always be on safety, quality of results, and the surgeon’s expertise.

In addition to the surgery itself, there are other costs to consider. These include any pre-surgical medical conditions assessments, anesthesia fees, and facility costs. It’s advisable to discuss all these aspects during your cheek lift consultation to get a comprehensive understanding of the financial commitment involved. Remember, choosing a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial for ensuring the best results and minimizing the need for future corrections.

“His whole staff are SO SWEET”
– Victoria35390

I went a saw Dr. Donath a few days ago for a consultation on a rhinoplasty. I asked the nurse before about doing the non surgical route and if it would even be possible. She said we can ask him. His whole staff are SO SWEET. I never felt judged and was so comfortable asking anything that popped into my head. 

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Rhinoplasty FAQs

Our primary rhinoplasty procedure is meticulously designed to reshape your nose, remove a hump, narrow the span of the nostrils, alter the tip shape, alter the bridge shape, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip, ensuring it perfectly complements your face on your first venture into nasal surgery. 

The nose job can reduce or increase the overall size of the nose, remove a hump, narrow the span of the nostrils, alter the tip shape, alter the bridge shape, or change the angle between the nose and upper lip.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your nose and are physically healthy and realistic in your expectations, a rhinoplasty may be right for you. Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss your individual needs and goals and help you decide on a path for moving forward with your desired procedure.

Rhinoplasty should be postponed in younger patients until the nose has reached its full growth. This tends to occur around the age of fifteen or sixteen.

The cost of rhinoplasty is determined by various factors, including the clinic you visit and the surgeon’s qualifications. Check for our services and our prices on our website.


If you live in the states of Ohio or Kentucky, Donath Facial Plastic Surgery offers rhinoplasty among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.


During the consultation for rhinoplasty, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your nose, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. He will take the time to explain the technique, anesthesia, surgical facility, risks, and costs and will also answer any questions that you may have.


Before any surgery, plastic surgeons will weigh other factors like age, skin type, ethnic background, and attitude toward surgery to help determine if is right for you.


Rhinoplasty may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.


Dr. Donath begins by making incisions, many of which are located on the inside of the nostrils, though an additional small incision on the skin between the nostrils may also be necessary.


During rhinoplasty certain amounts of bone and cartilage can be removed, added to, or rearranged in order to achieve the desired shape. The incisions are then closed, a splint is applied to the nose, and soft absorbent material known as nasal packing may be applied to the inside of the nostrils.


Rhinoplasty may take one to two hours on average to perform.


The incisions made on the inside of the nostrils result in no visible scarring. If an additional incision is made on the skin between the nostrils, there will be a small, well-concealed scar. Already had a Rhinoplasty? Learn about our Revision Rhinoplasty options


Some discomfort and a puffy feeling on the face may occur, which can be controlled with prescription medication.


Patients can expect the face to feel puffy and to appear swollen and bruised. Most of the swelling will fade within about two weeks.


Some discomfort can be expected, though this can be managed with medication. If nasal packing is used, it is typically removed six to seven days following the procedure.


The splint is usually removed within six to seven days. Absorbable sutures are often used and these dissolve on their own.


Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed within one to two weeks after the surgery.


Sutures are often absorbable and need not be removed as they will dissolve on their own.